this day in crime history: february 22, 1974

samuel-byck

On this date in 1974, unemployed salesman Samuel Byck attempted to hijack a DC-9 at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. His intended destination: Washington DC. His plan: Crash the plane into the White House in order to kill President Richard Nixon. Byck shot and killed an airport security guard before he boarded the plane. Once he was on the plane, he shot the pilot and copilot when they told him they couldn’t take off until the wheel blocks were removed. The pilot survived, but the copilot later died from his wounds. Byck was shot and wounded by police. He committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.

Further reading:

IMDB page for the movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon

IMDB page for the movie The Plot to Kill Nixon

Wikipedia article on Samuel Byck

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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 22, 1974

  1. John D.:
    All Byck had to do was wait until August 8th…then, he wouldn’t have to worry about Nixon being in the White House.
    Some people simply have NO patience.
    But, he killed himself…a shame about the co-pilot, though.

    I read the WIKI on him. A sad and short life.
    (BTW, dressing as SANTA and protesting in front of the White House WILL catch the attention of the Secret Service).

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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